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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google lobby against Texas "bathroom" bill

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Celia Israel said in a Monday press conference. Lawmakers are barred from passing most legislation the final day so it's mostly reserved for group photos and hugs goodbye. Perkins said. Only the governor can call a special session, which can last up to 30 days, with the governor setting the agenda. Among other things likely to go to court is the provision to require hospitals and abortion clinics to find a way to bury or cremate all aborted fetuses, including fetal remains from ... Read More »

Waiting for Trump to decide about the climate deal

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Trump had told members of his inner circle that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris agreement, the report said , citing the Axios news site , which quoted three sources. "In this context, we all agree on the importance of supporting developing countries". However, while Sierra Club warns of disaster, the impact on solar and other forms of renewable energy is less clear, due to questions regarding the efficacy of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the cornerstone of US compliance with the ... Read More »

Police make more arrests in Manchester bombing but leaks feared

A photo published by the BBC reportedly of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi . His brother Hashem and father Ramadan have both been arrested in Tripoli - despite his dad claiming the family is "innocent". City officials said the true spirit of Manchester was surfacing in the hours after the incident. The Briton blew himself up at a military base in Iraq in February. Read More »

McCain: Kushner story 'more and more bizarre'

Trump said in a series of tweets. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he was not troubled by Jared Kushner's reported attempts to establish a back-channel with Russian Federation. President Trump declined to speak with media throughout his entire overseas sojourn after leaving the United States facing accusations of trying to interfere with investigations into links between his presidential campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. Read More »

#GoSilent to honor the fallen this Memorial Day

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Reynolds says having a brick in honor of her boyfriend's service means so much. My father, Navy Electrician's Mate 1st Class William D. Thompson, Sr., fought in the Pacific in World War II and stood, in his dress whites, on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended in 1945. Read More »

White House communications director resigns amid tensions

Just last week, the investigation focused on his son-in-law Kushner, who investigators believe attempted to set up secret communications with Russian Federation during his father-in-law's presidential campaign previous year. President Donald Trump's press secretary opened his first news conference since May 15 with an epic retelling of the president's multi-stop foreign trip . Read More »

Health care bill: Premiums may decline, but many will pay more

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That estimate is similar to one released by the CBO earlier this year regarding an earlier version of the House reform measure, which predicted 24 million fewer people would have insurance if that bill became law. Hoping to make Republicans vulnerable on the issue, Democrats have attacked those changes as victimizing people with serious and costly-to-treat medical problems. Read More »

SLO Country honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice

But today Memorial Day has become reduced to the kickoff of summer, a three-day weekend, a time for cookouts and good times. Many will continue to visit the cemetery throughout weekend, laying flowers and paying their respects to those that have gone before us. Read More »

How 'Wonder Woman' built a world of women, onscreen and off

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From superheroes to animated classics, romantic comedies to supernatural sequels, there's something for everyone coming this summer so you'll want to grab a ticket before they're gone! Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Read More »

Trump, EPA chief meet ahead of decision on climate change

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If Trump has already made his decision regarding the deal, then it would be a break from what he's said publicly this week. "The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory", Merkel said, as the two-day G7 summit of some of the world's wealthiest nations in the seaside town of Taormina , Sicily, drew to a close. Read More »

'Your media tried to ruin my election', Emmanuel Macron tells Vladimir Putin

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In answering a reporter's question, Macron minced no words in explaining why his campaign team had shut out two Russian-associated news organizations, Russia Today and Sputnik . He regretted that none of the G-7 states are party to Syria peace talks under way in the Kazakh capital Astana initiated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Read More »

Memorial Day: 6 Things You May Not Know About the Holiday

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It is inconceivable to imagine the world today without the courage and sacrifice of Americans who fought and died as this nation secured victory in World War I and World War II . Hundreds of motorcyclists thundered in for a Saturday service. "For people that may not have family members that are out here to pay their respects for them", said Officer Larson. Read More »

'This will change': Trump tweets anger at Germany's Merkel

British anti-EU politician Nigel Farage, who has built a bond with Trump, accused Merkel and Juncker of triggering a row with Washington deliberately to further the "anti-democratic" goal of a German-led European state. "But the importance we put on these ties can not mean that we abandon fundamental principles such as our commitment to fight climate change and in favour of open societies and free trade". Read More »

Android founder reveals $699 'Essential' smartphone

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The phone will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and will also include NFC capabilities. It's not cheap at $US699 ( close to $1000, although Australian pricing and availability is yet to be announced ), but does offer plenty of storage space in every model, at 128GB. Read More »

Former Panama Dictator Manuel Noriega Dead At 83

Noriega was put into a medically induced coma in March after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage. The former general was serving a sentence for murder in Panama when he died. Noriega was trained at the School of the Americas, which provided military training to the governments of US-backed Latin American nations. The U.S. Read More »

European allies see two sides of Trump

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It didn't always like what it saw. His now notorious physical pushing aside of the Montenegrin prime minister in the photo de famille was a clear manifestation of the president's view that this was not a gathering of equals. This was the first time he directly addressed his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies after having made critical comments about the alliance during his presidential campaign. Read More »

White House Thrilled with Foreign Trip: Donald Trump 'At His Best'

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Zarif's comments came hours after Trump, who is visiting Saudi Arabia , urged Arab and Islamic leaders to unite and defeat Islamist extremists. The official said that the White House was not distracted by the ongoing Russian Federation controversy, asserting that they were "very focused like laser beams" on the agenda. Read More »

McCain disturbed by reports of Kushner-Russia backchannel

As he mulls outside reinforcements to his operation, Trump returned late Saturday from his nine-day journey to a White House seemingly in crisis mode, with a barrage of reports hitting close to the Oval Office and involving Jared Kushner , his son-in-law and influential adviser. Read More »

Suspect in Portland light rail slayings to appear in court

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The felon, who was denied bail, will face arraignment on May 30. The lone surviving victim of a triple stabbing aboard a Portland light-rail train has been released from the hospital . "And then we turned around while they were fighting, and he just started stabbing people, and it was just blood everywhere, and we just started running for our lives", Mangum said. Read More »

UK Resumes Intel Sharing With US After Manchester Probe Leak

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise the issue of the leaks with President Donald Trump in Brussels later. Focus magazine, citing unnamed federal security sources, had earlier reported that British-born Abedi twice flew from a German airport in recent years and that he wasn't on any worldwide watch list. Read More »

Christy Clark to stay on as BC premier

Richard Johnston, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, said the announcement was "a revolutionary moment in B.C.'s politics". Mr Weaver said the Liberals' support of the Kinder Morgan pipeline was one of the main reasons why he made a decision to back Mr Horgan instead of Ms Clark. Read More »

Donald Trump attacks Germany over 'very bad' trade deficit

Her message was also directed at Britain . Donald Trump and Angela Merkel now agree about the main issues in U.S. But it is also possible that Merkel's comment may mark the beginning of the unraveling of the largest, most powerful and most successful alliance in world history: the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , formed in 1949 by the United States , Canada and 10 European nations in recognition of the threat they jointly faced from the Soviet Union. Read More »

Volunteers honor those who served in the military

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Col. Steve Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, was the featured speaker. After the morning remembrance ceremony, Victoria Glover planned to visit the grave of her grandfather, who is buried at Houston National Cemetery. "There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America ..." For years, the late Hawaii Sen. Read More »

Gal Gadot's Undone Updo Is Everything You Need Today

Gal Gadot was fantastic as Wonder Woman on Batman v Superman(to the point that the only part that some people really loved about the movie was her). But just because the film's hero is a woman , that doesn't mean it's rewriting the tried and true formula of the genre. Lebanon's ministry of economy says it has asked the country's security agency to ban the 2017 Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot , is an Israeli. Read More »

Veterans, non-veterans alike remember Memorial Day

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Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all USA military personnel who have died during a military conflict. The caretakers at national cemeteries don't take long weekends, because by law those cemeteries can't close for more than 48 hours at a time. Read More »

Champions Trophy: India win warm-up match by D/L method, 45 runs

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It used to be one of the teams that traditionally struggle in big tournaments, but under this set-up - shrewdly overseen by coaches Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace with Andrew Strauss (as) a strong Director of Cricket - its past record is perhaps not relevant (sic)", he stated. Read More »

Trump Lashes Out at Germany Over Trade and NATO, Promises 'Change'

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Coming hot on the heels of Trump's recent exclamation that Germans are " very bad ", Trump now apparently believes the entirety of American-German relations to be "very bad ". On average, the U.S. imported $54.2 billion more from Germany that Germany imported from the U.S. But in any given year it fluctuated in very wide range. Read More »

US attempts first interception of missile

North Korea has dubbed its last three tests successes. As I suggested in April , the fact that North Korea was looking into terminal maneuverability for its missiles was not highly suggestive of an anti-ship ballistic missile program, which is challenging primarily due to the advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities it would require. Read More »

Hansen expects ABs to face 'Warrenball' in Lions tests

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He explained how the focus for this Lions tour was different. Instead they have Wales " Warren Gatland , pictured, whose very name has been hijacked by a style of bash-it-up rugby that is a decade out of date and famous for an nearly total lack of success against the "big three', with Gatland scoring two wins from 30 Tests against Sanzar teams. Read More »